Politics & Security


Support in Southeast Asia for the US Rebalance

by Malcolm Cook
In the Philippines and Australia, the tightening of already close alliance relations is very much in step with public support for close security ties with the US.

Congressional Delegation Travels to Asia, Republican Members Issue Op-Ed

by Alex Forster
Concurrent to President Obama's recent trip, nine members of the US House of Representatives also traveled to Japan, South Korea, and China. The eight Republicans on the trip jointly authored a CNN Op-Ed calling for strong engagement with Asia.

Implications of the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement

by Aileen S.P. Baviera
President Barack Obama’s visit to the Philippines, the last leg of his recent four-nation Asian tour, produced a new bilateral defense agreement that was touted by some observers as the single most significant outcome of his regional foray.

Philippines-US Security Relations: Deepening the Alliance

by Julio S. Amador III and Karla Mae Pabeliña
In this essay, the authors explain the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA, its political, economic, and security implications to the Philippines and the rest of the region, as well as identify the challenges that it will face.